Andy Cole was left bemused by Gary Neville’s criticism of Paul Pogba after the midfielder missed a penalty in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

United swept Chelsea aside with a 4-0 victory on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign, but dropped points at Molineux after Pogba’s effort from 12 yards was saved by Rui Patricio.

Marcus Rashford converted a first-half penalty against Chelsea but on Monday, after a brief on-field discussion with Pogba, it was decided that the Frenchman would do the honours.

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Neville described Pogba’s behaviour as an ‘act of treachery’ and Cole has hit out at his former team-mate’s comments.


‘I didn’t see Marcus kick up a stink about it so Marcus was comfortable about giving him the penalty,’ the ex-United striker told talkSPORT.

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‘We are talking about Paul missing a penalty when the goalkeeper makes a very, very good save.

‘I get on well with Gary Neville, but when people start talking about treachery and all that… come on, this is a sport. Let’s get real. We love football but when we start talking on those levels, he left me scratching my head a little bit.

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‘He didn’t do it on purpose. The goalkeeper made a very good save. Yes, Marcus scored a penalty against Chelsea the week before but if Marcus was comfortable and Paul was comfortable we have to get on with it and move on.’